"The weight of the two secret prophecies weighed on her fur like raindrops. She did not know how she would manage to keep both of her promises, and stay faithful to her promise as a medicine cat to act only for the good of the Clan, at the same time."
Leafpaw about keeping both the journey and fire and tiger omen secret in Midnight, page 151

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Chapter Number: 12 (of 24)
Page Numbers: 147-153

Chapter description

After parting with Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw, who are heading out on their journey, Leafpaw returns to camp. When she reaches the clearing, she realizes that the two young cats are already missed by their Clanmates. Mousefur, wanting Brambleclaw for a patrol, is both surprised and annoyed when the dark brown tabby is nowhere to be found. Dustpelt, meanwhile, searches the camp for Squirrelpaw, commenting that she was usually eager to go out training by this time of day. He heads for the apprentice den, looking for her there, but Whitepaw and Shrewpaw explain that their denmate hadn't slept with them last night. Dustpelt, rolling his eyes, wonders what Squirrelpaw is up to this time.
By sunhigh, more cats have begun to notice the two's disappearance. With the clearing empty as all the Clan cats are out on patrol, Firestar and Sandstorm begin to discuss Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw. Leafpaw, hearing the topic of her parents' conversation, hides behind the fresh-kill pile, pretending to pick out prey as she listens to them speak. Firestar is annoyed that the two haven't returned to camp, but Sandstorm points out that the ginger tom may have caused them to not come back with the harsh way he spoke to them. The Clan leader anxiously responds that he was just worried about the fire and tiger omen. His mate, however, suggests that the omen might not actually spell destruction and danger for the forest, and that the "fire and tiger" – Squirrelpaw and Brambleclaw – might actually be destined to save the Clan.
Firestar realizes that she might be correct, and adds that if that's true, it's all the more reason to ensure that they return safely. He decides to lead a search patrol to find them, and Sandstorm offers to come with him. Before leaving, the pale ginger she-cat, having noticed Leafpaw eavesdropping on their conversation, comments that her daughter has had enough time to sniff every piece of prey on the pile. Sandstorm also reminds her to return to her training with Cinderpelt. Leafpaw is briefly embarrassed at having been caught, but is more concerned about whether or not she should tell her parents about Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw's journey.
Leafpaw spends the rest of the day with Cinderpelt sorting through stocks of herbs. At sunset, Firestar comes to speak with Cinderpelt, calling her out of the medicine den. He reports that Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw have not been found by any of the search patrols, and their scent has been washed away by the previous night's rain. The ginger tom points out that the two young cats could be anywhere, desperately asking what he should do and blaming his own actions for their disappearance. Cinderpelt tells him to stop worrying, and that he and Graystripe had been fine when they wandered off when they were younger, so Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw will be too. The dark gray she-cat adds that the forest is safe and rich in prey at the current moment, so they won't be in danger. Firestar, however, seems unconvinced by her reassurances.
Cinderpelt returns to the medicine den where Leafpaw is still sitting. The medicine cat asks her apprentice if she knows where Squirrelpaw is. Leafpaw replies that she doesn't, not wanting to betray Squirrelpaw's secret. She also notes that she doesn't exactly know where Squirrelpaw is, although she believes the ginger she-cat is at Ravenpaw's barn. Cinderpelt, although not looking angry, seems to doubt the truth of the brown tabby's words. Leafpaw feels guilty for having somewhat lied to her mentor, and wonders how she can stay true to her duties as a medicine cat while keeping the prophecy and the journey secret.





Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Revealed in Midnight, page 147
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Midnight, page 148
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Midnight, page 149
  4. Revealed in Midnight, page 151
  5. Revealed in Midnight, page 153
Warriors cliffnotes
The Prophecies Begin Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
The New Prophecy MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
A Vision of Shadows The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of FireThe Raging Storm
The Broken Code Lost StarsThe Silent ThawVeil of ShadowsDarkness Within
Dawn of the Clans The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
Super Editions Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's TrialSquirrelflight's HopeGraystripe's Vow
Field Guides Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Brightspirit's MercySpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans DecideThe Elders' Concern
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's EchoRedtail's DebtTawnypelt's ClanShadowstar's LifePebbleshine's KitsTree's RootsMothwing's Secret

Midnight (book) chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Epilogue
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